Laricio Pine: Meaning & Uses

The region of Ospedale is the kingdom of Laricio Pin.

The region of Ospedale is the kingdom of Laricio Pin.

Endemic species of Corsica, the Laricio Pine grows naturally only in Corsica. It is not found anywhere else except Calabria and Sicily: and they are different subspecies!

The why

Why does EcoTree plant Laricio Pines?

The Laricio Pine resists well to summer drought and takes advantage of the annual rainfall to meet its water needs. The tree specie grows well in granitic or sandy soils and does not require it to have great mineral wealth.

Description

Corsican laricio Pine - Description

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The Laricio Pine's growth is very slow, as is often the case with mountain species. The longevity is impressive: it can indeed exceed a millennium! All this time allows it to reach venerable heights: it rises to 40 meters. Consequently, this pine can constitute an upper tree stratum sometimes serving as a roof for a forest of beeches, smaller trees and the passage over land much shorter.

The Laricio Pine is covered with a very characteristic smooth silvery grey bark. Its flexible needle-like leaves grouped in bundles by two of a beautiful greyish green reach up to 15 cm in length and are renewed every three years or so. The Laricio Pine flowers discreetly in May on the twigs of the year.
Unfortunately, the Laricio Pine is very sensitive to fire which continues to destroy many subjects every year.

Description

Corsican laricio Pine - Description

EcoTree

The Laricio Pine's growth is very slow, as is often the case with mountain species. The longevity is impressive: it can indeed exceed a millennium! All this time allows it to reach venerable heights: it rises to 40 meters. Consequently, this pine can constitute an upper tree stratum sometimes serving as a roof for a forest of beeches, smaller trees and the passage over land much shorter.

The Laricio Pine is covered with a very characteristic smooth silvery grey bark. Its flexible needle-like leaves grouped in bundles by two of a beautiful greyish green reach up to 15 cm in length and are renewed every three years or so. The Laricio Pine flowers discreetly in May on the twigs of the year.
Unfortunately, the Laricio Pine is very sensitive to fire which continues to destroy many subjects every year.

Planting & maintenance

Corsican laricio Pine - Species requirements

The Laricio Pine's climatic spectrum remains quite broad. It grows mainly on south-facing slope. In its privileged areas, the Pinus nigra laricio constitute very dense forests offering a dark undergrowth with relatively dry soil. Moreover, the Laricio Pine requires 800 to 1,800 mm of annual precipitation.

Wood

The Laricio Pine's wood

The laricio pine is the most exploited species in Corsica, nearly 3/4 of sales of wood concern it. It is appreciated in exterior woodwork, carpentry as well as for making frames. In the past it was used from marine wood to make the hull and mast of boats.

Symbol

The Laricio Pine's symbolism

Since the dawn of time, the pine has been dedicated to gods and goddesses. Starting with the goddess Cybele, symbol of fertility. Cybele, the goddess-mother, the "Mother of the gods" often gathered under a pine tree, which by the will of Zeus, always preserved its greenness.

The Pine Laricio, blooming in May, is an original and ecological gift for Mother's Day . The laricio pine is a gift that beautifies every year and blooms every year for Mother's Day and the return of spring. What could be better than planting a tree in honor of your mom?